Veterans Day Ceremony At The State Cemetery

Evansville, Wyoming - The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is known as Armistice Day. Now it's celebrated as Veterans Day. An observance at the Wyoming Veterans Cemetery brought patriots and veterans dating back to WWII together to honor fallen soldiers, veterans, and those who still wear the uniform.

Dozens of flags honoring branches of military lined the drive up to the chapel for Saturday's observance of Veterans Day.

“It was a beautiful event, and to be able to honor our veterans, it's just wonderful and they did a great job,” said Representative Chuck Gray.

The chapel, packed to capacity as the ceremony honors Armistice Day, being held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Some veterans holding back tears remembering fellow soldiers they fought with during their service.

“I remember the ones that didn't come home. I was a dental assistant and medical and I went out on a lot of - We called them medivacs. Pulled people out of hot areas and stuff,” said "Rotor" Medina with the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club. Medina also served in the Army from '70-'72. ‘The young people going now - That flag. It's worth it,” Medina added.

The keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Fred Catchpole served as a marine, active and reserve, for 22 years. He says this day is about more than just thanking the veterans.

“I think it's important that we as veterans also than our spouses, our children, our parents because they're just as much a part of this and they endure a lot of the same stresses and hardships that we do.”

State legislator Pat Sweeney also made an appearance, giving thanks to veterans for the opportunities they fought for.

“These folks served so I could get a higher education. And I have been ever so appreciative of that ever since,” Sweeney said.

The ceremony ended with recognition of veterans from all conflicts dating back to World War II, followed by a gun salute and cannon fire.